Vicariate for Vocation

Department for Chaplaincies

“Every Christian has the duty to bear witness to the Gospel by his own life.
But God walks a special path with each person” (YouCat 138)

The Coordinator overseeing all chaplaincies is Fr John Lee


Pastoral Care Services
“Jesus shows us: Heaven suffers with us when we suffer. God even wants to be rediscovered in ‘the least of my brethren’ (Matthew 25:40). That is why Jesus designated care of the sick as a central task for his disciples” (YouCat 242). This team seeks to promote the welfare and support of all the sick, the differently abled, the housebound and those with any special needs (e.g. the visually or aurally impaired) across the diocese, spiritually and practically.

Team Leader for all services: Fr. Peter Hollins
Hospital Chaplaincies
“Care for the sick must have priority over everything else: They should be served as though they were really Christ” (St. Benedict of Nursia). This team is comprised of all Catholic chaplains, both lay and ordained, paid or voluntarily working within the NHS from the Diocese of Portsmouth. It meets once or twice a year.

Team Leader: Fr. Joe McNerney
The Prison Chaplaincies Team
Comprises all Catholic chaplains, both lay and ordained, paid or voluntarily working within prisons located within the diocese. We meet at least once or twice a year for prayer, discussion and mutual support, sharing information and to develop good practice.
Military Chaplaincy
Seeks to liaise with and support the military chaplains working within the diocese.
Ethnic Chaplaincies
The role of this team is to value, celebrate and network each ethnic group and helps integrate people of different ethnicities into the life of the local parish, the diocese and the universal Church. The Bishop first appoints an Ethnic Chaplaincy Coordinator and then, in liaison with him, appoints chaplains to the various ethnic groups and communities within the diocese.

Team Leader: Fr. Claro Conde
The Extraordinary Form Coordinator
Fr. Joe McNerney's role is to enable provision of celebrations of the Roman Rite Liturgy in the Extraordinary Form (EF).
Ordinariate Links Team
Is comprised of priests appointed by the Bishop as link-persons to liaise with the Ordinariate as located within the diocese

Team Leader: Fr. Claro Conde
Other Rites
Fr. Marcus Brisley leads this team, whose role is to liaise with the Bishop, priests and communities to determine what pastoral provision of other rites is needed in each community.
Police Chaplaincy
Please download a poster about police chaplaincy in the Diocese here.


St Edmund's House, Bishop Crispian Way, Portsmouth, Hampshire. PO1 3QA, tel: 02392 816 396

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